Best of the East

Chef Ken Chong [Left] and Chef Andy Liaw
have collaborated to create the
best of the East cuisine
Chef Ken Chong of Sobasei Japanese Restaurant and Chef Andy Liaw of Xin-Shan Long Chinese Restaurant have got together to create the best of the East cuisine in their two-in-one restaurant. 

Sobasei, reputed as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, is now partnering with Xin-Shan Long, “the dragon of Johor Baru,” to offer guests a choice of savouring either a Chinese or Japanese menu or their favourite choices from both menus.  Helpful service staffs, clad in smart kimono and cheong sam, are also on hand to help you in picking an interesting combination from two a la carte menus for a memorable meal. 

Your guests will be impressed to begin with a refreshing appetizer of Sushi and Sashimi Moriawase made up of slivers of fresh tuna, salmon and prawn, artfully arranged on a colourful bed of Japanese julienne salad.  This can be followed by a delicious Seafood Pumpkin cream soup that is topped with a chopped scallop and filled with just the right amount of juicy seafood shreds. 

Entrance to the two-in-one restaurant
at Le Grandeur Palm Resort, Johor Baru
Two popular main course dishes are stir-fried Chicken Dried Chilli and deep-fried Cod Fillet.  This agreeable chicken flavour is reminiscent of Kung Po Chicken and the tender meat is neatly presented on a slice of crispy bun or mantou.  The fillet of smooth and fragrant cod fish is served on a bed of baby Kailan greens and drizzled with Teriyaki sauce.  Noodles will be a pleasant change from rice so try Tenzaru Noodles, served in a warm bowl of soup with a side of Teppanyaki prawn and oyster mushroom.  

Then end the meal with dessert created with a slice of Crispy Pancake, filled with a spread of sweet lotus paste, served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and topped with mixed fruit cocktail.  Here, you can choose to drink either Chinese tea or Japanese green tea with your meal.  While the individual portions may appear small, this menu is a good mix of Japanese and Chinese specialties that will certainly satisfy discerning palates. 

Another way to taste a range of Chinese and Japanese specialties, several from “live” cooking stations, is at the buffet lunch only on Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.  Priced at RM45++ per person, this is a value-for-money meal that’s fast gaining popularity among regulars at the Xin-Shan Long Sobasei two-in-one restaurant.  Le Grandeur Palm Resort is located at Jalan Persiaran Golf, off Jalan Jumbo, 81250 Senai, Johor.  For reservations, Tel: 607 – 599 6000 and Fax: 607 – 599 6301.  Visit website:

Deep-fried cod fillet on a bed of baby kailan,
drizzled with teriyaki sauce
Seafood Pumpkin cream soup
Tenzaru soba with a side of tempura

A version of this article was published in The New Straits Times, Johor Streets on 26 September 2011

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